Edith Irene (Atkinson) Baker, known to her family and friends as “Tic,” passed peacefully in her residence at Payson, AZ on the evening of May 28, 2019.
Edith was born in Pawnee, Nebraska on March 26th, 1925, moved with her family to the Black Hills of South Dakota when she was 8 years old where she was raised with her four sisters — two older and two younger.
Edith served in the Navy as a Pharmacist’s Mate from 1945-1946. She met and married William Baker and traveled extensively as a military spouse, and throughout her life. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and enjoyed a long career as an elementary school educator.
Edith is survived by her life partner, Jeanette (Jay) Martell; oldest son, John (Joyce) of Chandler; daughter, Andelee (Claudia) of Seattle; and youngest son, Tom of Chandler. Edith also has two granddaughters, Talitha Baker and Heidi Kim (Ken) and two great-granddaughters – Rosalind and Irene.
Edith enjoyed a full life of traveling, playing bridge with friends, hiking Arizona and many other parts of the world, volunteering at the library, and was active in PEO (Philanthropic and Educational Organization for women) which helps support and motivate women through scholarships, grants, and awards to achieve their highest aspirations.
A gathering of friends was held in her honor at Majestic Rim Independent Living on Friday, May 31st, 2019 to celebrate her life. Edith is loved, and will be missed, by all that knew her.
Donations may be made in her honor to: Arizona Care Hospice, The Time Out Shelter of Payson, The Dementia Society of America.